Everyone arrives to class excited! Some are carrying wigs and funny hats from home while others retrieve paper costumes made in class the previous day. This is the day to rehearse and then perform skits with a theme related to friendship or power. Of course, this means that each small group of 3-4 students has written their skit and that each member is familiar with their role. Before sending them off to practice, we review the rubric so that everyone knows the academic expectations for this project and is reminded that every member of the group is expected to participate.
Just as performers need to consider the audience by speaking in a loud, clear voice and by not turning their backs on them, the audience has responsibilities too. When not performing, students fill in the audience guide after viewing a skit. They jot down the conflict and resolution of each skit and from that evidence make inferences about the theme. Does the play illustrate the importance of friendship? Or that power in the wrong hands can lead to disaster? A few examples of scripts appear here and some of the audience guides can be found here. A video of one of the performances can be seen here (although the sound quality may be poor on some operating systems):
A photo collage from the skit performances appears here.
During the final minutes of class, student have the opportunity to show what they now know by retaking the quiz on theme. The information was introduced on first day of this unit and the quiz was first taken on the second day. Many are thrilled for the opportunity to improve a poor showing earlier. Those that earned top scores already are happy to hear that they are exempt. The good news is that now all but a few earn proficient grades.